Issue : January 2012
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“Mind-boggling! Science creates computer that can decode your thoughts and put them into words,” the Daily Mail’s headline exclaimed, while The Daily Telegraph heralded an era in which a “mind-reading device could become a reality”.
The idea that regularly eating fried foods causes heart attacks is a ‘myth’, The Daily Telegraph has reported.
Student Nurse Helen Farmer realises that qualifying is growing ever closer so decides to seize every opportunity to learn that she can.
Understand when to give praiseSubscription
Greater staff morale is just one benefit of recognising and rewarding achievements, says Susan Hodgetts.
A groundbreaking stem cell trial offers hope for millions with progressive conditions that end in sight loss, the Daily Mail has reported.
We talk to Susan Tokley, deputy director of nursing and patient experience at Whittington Health, who qualified as a nurse in 1980.
Jill Fraser jointly set up a website that collects simple ideas that can make a big difference.
“Magic mushrooms could one day be prescribed for depression,” The Independent has reported.
The healing processSubscription
Student Nurse Helen Farmer’s fourth placement on a Women’s Health Unit starts with building relationships with her new team and confronting her fears.
Is the nursing profession branching out too far?Subscription
From the start of my course, if I had collected one pound coin for every time I had heard the words ‘collaboration’ or ‘inter-professional’ then I would certainly not be relying on my NHS student bursary or student loan whilst at university to fund me.
“A healthy fruit and vegetables diet could help guard against one of the deadliest cancers,” the Daily Express has today reported.
As the editors of Nursing Times, Health Service Journal and the BMJ, we have divergent views on the government’s NHS reforms and its beleaguered Health and Social Care Bill.
My wife is away and I have a cold.
A former nurse and a bicycle in Cuba...Subscription
I decided to embark on the Cross Cuba Bike Ride for Parkinson’s UK early in 2011.
Government launches bowel cancer campaignSubscription
A government campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer.
Call to measure blood pressure on both armsSubscription
A study review has claimed that nurses and doctors could uncover underlying health problems in patients by making sure they take blood pressure readings from both arms and looking for any differences.
Body clock gene link to diabetesSubscription
Defective versions of a “body clock” gene greatly increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, a study has shown.
Warning over fall in social care fundingSubscription
Spending on older people’s social care in England has fallen by half a billion pounds, according to a new report.
Nurses are being asked for ideas on how to improve patient care and working conditions in care homes, as part of a new programme of work by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.
Nurses accused of incompetence could in future leave the Nursing and Midwifery Council register in order to avoid full fitness to practise procedures, under plans agreed in principle by the regulator.
“Tiny capsules engineered to mimic part of the body’s immune system could strengthen its response to vaccines,” reported the BBC today.
1. You have to buy a new reference book for a course, it’s supposedly essential throughout the entire course. What do you do?A. See if they have it in your library - you can always keep renewing it.B. Buy two books - one to have at home and one to keep in your locker at college - you don’t want to have to keep carrying it around after all.C. Take a look around for second hand shops and ...
A daily dose of statins has “been shown to block the growth and spread of tumours,” according to the Daily Express.
Risk of carpal tunnel syndrome is higher in breast cancer patients given the drug exemestane than in those treated with tamoxifen, according to an international study in the Lancet Oncology.
Nearly 20% of pregnant women use the internet as their primary source of antenatal information, according to a study by the University of Cartuja in Spain.
The union Unite has said Northumbria Foundation Trust “could face a legal challenge” after nearly halving the mileage paid to some of its staff.
Living with Alzheimer's: fulfilling a wishSubscription
My father may have Alzheimer’s but he hasn’t lost his sense of humour!
The Daily Mail has reported that “lifestyle is key to staying alert into old age”, and that genes are not to blame for changes in intelligence as we age.
Insomnia affects 40% in primary careSubscription
Around 40% of primary care patients suffer from insomnia linked to other conditions, according a study by the University of Auckland.
Nurses 'don't question routine practices enough'Subscription
Routine practices should be systematically reviewed and updated regularly, as nurses do not generally question them, according to a survey of 400 Irish nurses by researchers from the Institute of Technology in Tralee.
Nurses to feature in Olympics openerSubscription
Hundreds of NHS nurses are to feature in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, according to reports.
Unions have urged the government to slow down the roll out of the new non-emergency NHS telephone service amid fears a lack of nursing input could increase pressure on other services.
The number of people dying from heart attacks has halved in just under a decade, according to a study.
The Royal College of Nursing has strongly criticised moves by the Scottish Government to slash the number of training places for nurses and midwives by nearly 300 in 2012-13.
Nurses can use a simple, eight-question test to accurately measure and predict the severity of symptoms in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to UK researchers.
The Royal College of Nursing has rejected suggestions it has weakened its opposition to the health bill, despite the apparent failure of the royal colleges to agree a consensus at the end of last week.
Motivate your team to embrace changeSubscription
Be passionate about your vision to help get your team on board, says Caroline Shaw.
Our tweetly round-up...Subscription
We scour the twittersphere in order to bring you our top tweets from this week. Did you make it in?
Anaphylactic shock following vaccination is “extremely rare,” according to research by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.
Is taking a pill easier than treatment?Subscription
I recently saw a patient in one of my nurse-led clinics who had had a long history of overactive bladder.
Health groups to discuss NHS plansSubscription
Health unions and Royal Colleges will hold a summit tonight to discuss the government’s controversial reforms of the NHS.
Government orders review of NMCSubscription
It has been confirmed that the Nursing and Midwifery Council is to undergo a strategic review due to its failure to deal with a long standing backlog of fitness to practise cases.
Clinicians should take special care when deciding whether to use new non-drug treatment for severe asthma because more research is needed into the practice, latest guidance state.
Hospital nurses lose payments worth £500 a yearSubscription
Nearly half of nurses at a south coast hospital could lose “recruitment and retention” payments worth around £500 a year.
Several newspapers have reported that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does not increase the risk of breast cancer.
We talk to Janet Davies, director of nursing and service delivery at the Royal College of Nursing, who started training as a nurse 36 years ago.
'Sometimes Parkinson’s patients have complex needs and it helps having someone to see them at home'Subscription
Lynn Gill’s ingenuity has transformed life for patients with Parkinson’s disease.
The chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives has hit back at the health secretary over claims that clinicians were opposing the government’s health bill because of concerns about pensions.
Nursing student to represent England at netballSubscription
A Leicester nursing student has been chosen to represent England at the upcoming Under-21 World Netball Championships.
British scientists may have found a way to grow “off the shelf” veins and arteries, The Daily Telegraph has reported.